Celebrating Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne, a pioneer missionary of the Society of the Sacred Heart, who came to St. Charles, Missouri, from France and founded the first free school west of the Mississippi in September 1818.

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Mass in Honor of Rose Philippine Duchesne

To celebrate the bicentennial of Philippine’s arrival, the Religious of the Sacred Heart commissioned Father Michael Joncas to compose the Duchesne Mass: to give praise and thanksgiving to God, to join the Sacred Heart family across the world in prayer, to make Philippine better known and loved, and to offer a lasting gift to the musical repertoire of the Church.

On November 18, 2018, the Duchesne Mass, a year in the making, resounded across the mosaic-studded spaces of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, featuring strings, woodwinds, brasses, drums and voices of the St. Francis Xavier (College) Church Choir in St. Louis and of those gathered. 

Click on the links to the right to hear the music recorded by the College Church choir.

All of the MP3 files may be downloaded using the zipped folder under file attachments below.

PDFs of the melodies are also posted under file attachments below.